Herman Glogowski - 21st, 23rd, 25th And 27th Mayor Of Tampa

Herman Glogowski

Born: April 29, 1854

Died: December 3, 1909

First Term: August 13, 1886 - July 15, 1887

Second Term: March 8, 1888 - March 6, 1889

Third Term: March 5, 1890 - March 4, 1891

Fourth Term: March 4, 1892 - March 10, 1893

Born in Wilhelmsbruck, Germany, Herman Glogowski immigrated to the United States in 1867 where he spent about twelve years working in New York City's garment industry. In late 1882, he moved to Gainesville, Florida and, in the summer of 1883, he married Bertha Brown. The couple had four children: Walter, Nat, Bernie and Tillie. The following year they moved to Tampa where Glogowski opened a men's clothing store on Washington Street. A strong believer in civic duty, he became involved in local politics and, in August 1886, was elected Mayor of Tampa.

On February 2, 1887, Glogowski and the city council met with Colonel James E. Ingraham who represented Henry Plant's South Florida Railroad to discuss plans for the construction of a bridge across the Hillsborough River and a hotel on the opposite bank. Keenly aware of the economic benefits to Tampa of a bridge and major hotel as well as the railroad, the proposal was approved by North Tampa's Town Council and Vicente M. Ybor and Eduardo Manara of Ybor City.

On the strength of these proposals, Glogowski successfully lead a coalition of city council members and many Tampa residents to lobby the state legislature to incorporate Tampa as a city. This incorporation was essential in order for the city to obtain the necessary funds to improve the city's water and sewage systems, police and fire departments, and other public works. Several months later, on July 15, 1887, the state legislature passed an act that incorporated Tampa's as a city. It was also Herman Glogowski's last day as mayor until his re-election in March 1888.

When the Plant Hotel was completed, Herman Glogowski laid the cornerstone of the hotel. He regarded the construction of the Plant Hotel and the railroad to Tampa as the two finest achievements of his Administration. After his fourth and final term as mayor, Glogowski returned to his clothing store on Washington Street which he continued to manage until his death on December 3, 1909 as a result of a traffic accident. He was 56 years old.

Herman Glogowski is the only person to serve four non-consecutive terms as mayor.

Sources for this Biographical Sketch:

Covington, Dr. James W. and Wavering, Debbie Lee, "The Mayors of Tampa: A Brief Administrative History," Tampa, FL: University of Tampa, 1987.

Grismer, Karl H., Tampa: A History of the City and the Tampa Bay Region of Florida, St. Petersburg Printing Company, FL, 1950.

Robinson, Ernest L., History of Hillsborough County, Florida: Narrative and Biographical, The Record Company, St. Augustine, FL, 1928.

Tampa Council Minutes, City of Tampa Archives, Tampa, FL

January 1, 1857 - October 2, 1891 Microfilm Roll # 1

October 19, 1891 - December 28, 1899 Roll # 2